February 10 Friday

Human Rights Workshop: Keramet Reiter, "23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

Keramet Reiter, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and at the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine, has worked as an associate at Human Rights Watch and has testified about the impacts of solitary confinement before state and federal legislators. She studies prisons, prisoners’ rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems.

To request background readings, email: schell.law@yale.edu

February 16 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Melissa Hooper, "Lessons from Russia, Hungary and Poland"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

Melissa Hooper is Director of the International Law Scholarship Project/Pillar Project, which aims to foster U.S. compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law.

Melissa’s work examines U.S. human rights implementation from an international perspective, educating U.S. courts on international standards applicable in domestic cases on issues such as Guantanamo detentions, prison conditions including solitary confinement, refugee protection, and other issues where the United States may be out of line with international practice. 

February 23 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Avram Finkelstein, Artist & Activist, "Fire with Fire: Resistance in an Image Culture"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

We live in an Image Culture. Images are the sky, rocks and trees of a media landscape, but suiting up for the 21st century means learning everything there is to know about how they actually work. If you’re still flummoxed by a President who seized power by running his candidacy as if it were a brand, come roll up your sleeves for a crash course in that other brand, Resistance. 

March 2 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Amanda Alexander, ‘13, "Movement Lawyering in the Era of Black Lives Matter"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

Amanda Alexander, YLS '13, is an assistant professor and postdoctoral scholar in Afro-American studies and law at the University of Michigan, and a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows. As a lawyer, legal scholar, and advocate, she works to reduce the impact of mass incarceration on families and build thriving communities.

March 9 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Nick Robinson '06, "India and the Global Rise of Illiberal Democracy"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

Nick Robinson is a Lecturer in Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches a course on human rights, and a Schell Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School, where he has taught on the legal profession. After graduating from Yale Law School in 2006, Nick spent seven years in South Asia, clerking for Chief Justice Sabharwal of the Indian Supreme Court, working at Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in New Delhi on rights litigation involving water and health, and teaching law at National Law School-Bangalore, Lahore University Management Sciences, and Jindal Global Law School.

March 30 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Pardiss Kebriaei, "Rights in a Post-Post-9/11 America"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

Pardiss Kebriaei is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on challenging U.S. government abuses in the national security context.

April 6 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Jamila Raqib, "Learning from Global Non-Violent Movements"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Faculty Lounge

Jamila Raqib serves as the Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution and as a Research Affiliate of the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  She holds a degree in management from Simmons College, and works closely with Dr. Gene Sharp, the World’s foremost scholar on strategic nonviolent action.

April 13 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Colette Pichon Battle, Esq., "Building a People-centered Human Right Movement in the South and Beyond"

12:10PM to 1:30PM

Room 128

Cancelled

Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. is the Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network.  She previously worked at the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, an organization that she founded and where she has served as Executive Director and Attorney.

Colette grew up in Louisiana where she returned after Hurricane Katrina to help frontline communities with disaster relief efforts. She has spent the last ten years in the Gulf region and was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015, a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South.  

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